Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Japan Pisses Off The 'Hood Once Again
Japan, still not ready to admit that it did some serious damage to millions of people throughout Asia and the South Pacific in the 1930s and 40s, has once again buried its head in the sand.
Tokyo's High Court has rejected an appeal for compensation by 10 Chinese survivors of Japanese germ warfare experiments during World War II.
You have to give Germany credit. It has done everything it can to make amends for the carnage it unleashed across the globe during WWII. It's campaign to correct the past has properly focused the blame for its past squarely on the Nazi Party and leadership, not Germany itself.
Japan should have followed suite long ago. By apologizing and focusing the blame for that horrible period of history on the minority of greedy Japanese military and political leaders, it would remove the animosity most of Asia feels towards the current Japanese government and it's people. Instead, Japan has repeatedly given Asia and it's WWII victims the proverbial middle finger and has ignored their calls for acknowledgement.
Way to go Japan. Instead of shaking hands, apologizing and making amends to Asia, they continue to carpet bomb the mainland with Pokemon and Mp3 Players while laughing all the way to the bank. With China on the verge of Superpowerdom, the last thing we need is for them to use Japan as an excuse to start flexing its muscles.
The NY Times has a good Q&A on the increased tensions between China and Japan.
posted by El Capitan at 9:27 AM